Although murder cases are mostly unforeseen, the cruelest murder cases are the ones where the victim and the murderer are both unknown.
This kind of case is saddening because the victims are not only killed in a gruesome manner; the murderers are also never found. The victims die without being noticed, and the murderers get away with the murders.
Even so, authorities have tried to salvage these situations by using forensic diagnostics and DNA to identify the corpses of victims of the cold murder and trace their murderers.
Still, results have proven unfruitful over the years. Despite the hurdles associated with this type of murder case, many advocates have refused to give up their search for answers or close any close.
Below is a list of famous unsolved cold murder cases. So if you have any information about any of these cases, kindly contact the appropriate quarters.
7 The Somerton Beach Cold Case
Although this case was opened in late 1948, it remains one of the most bizarre and unsolvable cold cases.
A couple reportedly found a dead man on Somerton beach in Australia. But unlike other discoveries, this man’s was quite different.
Forensic examination revealed that the man’s stomach contained a lot of blood, which suggested that he was poisoned.
Although there were no iota of poison in his blood, it was assumed that the man was killed with any of the two notable untraceable poisons.
To trace the origin of the death, police searched the belongings on the corpse but found no tangible evidence except a tightly rolled scrap of paper that read, ‘Tamad Shud’ – ‘it has ended’ (In Persian).
The intelligence team was able to link the words to a book of poetry titled, ‘The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam’ but the linkage eventually yielded no result, thus causing the death to remain a mystery.
6 Wych Elm Bella
Dry human bones are normally found at the cemetery, but that wasn’t the same for Bella as a group of boys discovered her skull inside a wych elm tree in the Hagley Woods area of Worcestershire, England.
During further investigation, police found a nearly whole female skeleton tucked inside the elm tree. They also found some personal belongings of the victim lying around the area.
Although forensic examination eventually revealed that the corpse had been in the tree for up to 18 months, no one needed forensics to know that the lady had died of suffocation when a piece of taffeta cloth was found in the mouth of the skull.
Further examination revealed that the woman had a dental record before she died. However, that revelation yielded no fruit as her name wasn’t found in any dentist’s records.
Many have asked, ‘who put Bella down the wych elm?’ but there has been no response as her death remains a mystery.
5 Little Lord Flauntleroy
In 1921, a young boy who was four to seven years old was found in a pond in Waukesha County. Police reported that the boy had suffered head trauma before entering the pond.
It was expected that someone would reach out to the police to claim the young boy’s body, but no one did.
In an investigation, an employee of the nearby stone company recounted how a couple had asked about a young boy weeks before the incident happened. The employee further stated that the couple left without getting the desired result.
Despite the announcement, no one appeared to claim the boy. The young boy, who was later nicknamed Lord Flauntleroy was buried in the Praire Home Cemetry in Waukesha.
Twenty-nine years after the boy’s death, an examiner linked the death of Lord Flauntleroy to a young boy who disappeared around the same time, Homer Lemay. However, Lemay’s father insisted that his son wasn’t the young Lord.